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minister reveals exclusively to cnn when investigators will tell the world everything they know about the plane's disappearance. we are live with the very latest. there is a rising crisis in ukraine. soldiers are fighting pro-russian separatists in the streets. battles turning deadly. the u.s. blaming russia for the uprising and escalating violence, giving the kremlin a major warning. we are live in moscow with the very latest. also breaking overnight, president obama arriving in south korea less than one hour from a major news conference, facing tough decisions on north korea's rising nuclear ambitions and russia's stronghold on ukraine. we are live in seoul with what he is expected to say. michelle kosinski will join us in a moment. good morning, everyone. happy friday. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm george howell. it is friday, 4:00 a.m. on the east. >> good to have you here xsh. >> good to be here. good to have you with us. we begin with breaking news, a scare on a flight from australia to indonesia. the pilot reported a hijacking. the plane landing in bali. but i want to clear this up.
this is very important. we here at cnn have just in the last few moments heard directly from virgin airlines. there was no hijacking. no hijacking. i want to read you a statement coming to us from virgin. let me read it to you. this comes from virgin australia. this was a virgin blue flight originating in brisbane, australia. it says "there are incorrect reports that a virgin australia aircraft was hijacked en route to densfar. that is not correct." it goes on to say, "the aircraft in question has landed safely, and at no point was the safety of our passengers ever in question. there was an unruly passenger on board and the authorities are removing him on the ground." again, the key takeaway here from virgin saying that there was an unruly passenger on this flight. the flight has safely landed. the passenger is being removed at this moment. again, it appears, and virgin australia saying that everyone
is safe. now on to the very latest in the search for flight 370 and the new defense of that investigation by malaysia's prime minister. in an exclusive interview with cnn's richard quest, the prime minister says a preliminary report on why the jet disappeared will be released after family outrage boiled over. >> i have directed an investigation, internal investigation team of experts, to look at the report, and there's a likelihood that next week we could release the report. >> reporter: why not release it now, prime minister? is there something in it that's embarrassing to malaysia? >> no, i don't think so, but i just wanted to be -- you know, this team to go through it. but in the name of transparency, we will release the report next week. >> reporter: you will? >> we will release it. >> a lot of people want to know what's in that report. this news coming this morning as an unmanned sub is on its 13th mission scanning the ocean
floor. but with 95% of the search zone now covered, there is still no sign of that plane. erin mclaughlin is live in perth, australia, with the very latest on this search. good morning, erin. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right, as of this morning, it was completing that 13th mission, about 95%, as you say, of that narrowed search area completely combed. no signs of missing malaysian flight 370. that narrowed area really represents their best guess as to where the black box may be. so, what do you do when you essentially have ruled out the majority of your best guess? we understand that is something that australian and malaysian officials are discussing, talking about perhaps a long-term agreement, a long-term search agreement based on a malaysian proposal. and what the malaysians are proposing is perhaps broadening out the search area. what they're doing right now is they're searching in a six-mile radius around the point of the
second ping that was picked up by that towed pinger locator, and they're there because it was the strongest of the four signals detected, but you would think that they might find something if they searched six miles around that point, but of course, right now they've found nothing. so, some analysts suggesting, well, maybe they should look in the other three areas, the other three pings for a possible black box, maybe they should broaden it out along the arc, that half handsha handshake, that so-called half handshake between the inmarsat satellite and the plane. so, those are all possibilities potentially on the table. the other thing malaysians are proposing is introducing more power submersibles into the mix, underwater equipment that can go down for longer periods of time and search deeper into the ocean. so, we understand that that agreement they could reach within the week, and some shorts saying that they're talking about a search operation that will last through july, george. >> erin, look, you broaden that search, and one u.s. defense official saying this could take
years. what are you hearing from officials about that? these families, obviously, hoping for some answers here. >> reporter: absolutely. well, at the moment, australians not giving a timetable for that. and even in terms of this last remaining portion of this more narrowed search area, we're hearing some conflicting things, some australians saying that -- australian authorities saying that it would take them just a few days to finish up wrapping this potential search area. seems like they're on track to be able to do that, but earlier this week, the australian defense minister was quoted as saying that they could take a couple of weeks to finish searching this particular area. so, it really remains to be seen just in terms of time tables. no solid dates given from australian authorities just yet, george. >> so erin, 5% left in this narrowed search. a lot of people hoping that they find something. erin mclaughlin, thank you for that live report. overnight, the frustration of families of those from flight 370, they marched to the malaysian embassy looking for answers. we will take you to beijing for
what it was like in just a few minutes. now to the crisis in ukraine and new word into cnn this morning that new sanctions could come as early as today against some in russia, also possibly some of putin's key allies. russia says the u.s. is behind what is happening in eastern ukraine, talking about it as a pawn in this geopolitical situation, but the white house is insisting that it is russia that is stoking the unrest. a lot of finger-pointing here. the administration promising action. listen. >> let me be clear, if russia continues in this direction, it will not just be a grave mistake, it will be an expensive mistake. >> our diana magnay is live in moscow this morning. hello to you, diana. i know that our elise labott did get word that sanctions from the white house may come as soon as today. you know, up until now, these sanctions haven't been directly against putin. do we have any sense of what these may be, if they do come
down? >> reporter: not specifically, but they will certainly ratchet up the tension here in russia, or the problems for russia, but russia doesn't seem to care about sanctions. it knows that they're teed up and it knows that they're about to happen. and yesterday we see russia ramping up military drills along the border with ukraine in response to this anti-terror operation that the ukrainian government has relaunched. so, frankly -- and president obama admitted that on his asia tour. he knows that however much he threatens sanctions, they're probably not going to change the situation on the ground. russia constantly repeats this position, that it's not its problem, the southeast of ukraine, that it's not up to it to exert its influence, that kiev has to make the first move. and yesterday, john kerry said exactly the same thing in response, that kiev every step of the way has shown concrete, definitive steps to try and
implement the geneva agreements and that russia has done nothing in response. and these military exercises are a huge concern, because of course, once you start moving troops around, you can do all sorts of tactical maneuvers, getting your people into position, effectively, and that's why whoever conducts military exercises around the world, whether it's the u.s., russia, whoever it is, it is always a concern for those who are watching, because what are you putting into place whilst doing it? that is why the west has constantly asked russia to pull back its troops from the border, some 40,000. now you're in a situation where not only are they ramping them up, but they're also operating controlled flights along the border with ukraine, and the situation in the southeast of the country does not seem to have dissipated in any way. positions seem to be reinforced and more violence overnight, poppy. >> and every day that this continues, de-escalation seems less and less likely, at least at this point.
diana magnay, appreciate the reporting this morning. thank you. president obama is in south korea touching down just a few hours ago in seoul, where he has yet another busy day ahead. michelle kosinski is traveling with the president and she joins us live. michelle, what is in store today? >> reporter: good morning. well, quite a bit, and i think most importantly, we're going to hear a press conference in just about an hour, so we're going to wait and hear what topics president obama will touch upon. certainly, north korea has been a big deal, kind of an overshadowing subject of this trip, since it is the most pressing security issue for this region. for the past many, many weeks, we've been hearing almost nothing but ukraine and how the u.s. is responding to and dealing with that situation, or trying to. well, in this region, ukraine isn't such a pressing topic. i mean, the world is watching and waiting, really, and japan, south korea have responded and also come out in opposition to russia's actions in ukraine, but
here they are most concerned about north korea and what seem to be provocative actions or a kind of build-up to provocative acti action, probably not coincidental with the president's trip here. that's another thing that's being watched. and already, the u.s. is responding, saying that it's in complete solidarity with its ally, south korea. that is such an important ally in this region. and it is also working on trilateral defense talks between the u.s., south korea and japan. so, as north korea acts like maybe it will launch another missile, the u.s. is firming up support among the allies and also talking about its continued strong military presence in this region. george? >> michelle kosinski, thank you so much for that live report. all right, straight ahead here on "early start," new information this morning after three americans were killed at a kabul hospital. we are hearing from the wife of one of the victims. and a rising conservative
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we now know a chicago pediatrician was among the three americans killed at a shooting at a charity hospital in afghanistan. dr. jerry umanos moved to afghanistan in 2005 after practicing in inner city chicago, saying he felt called to be there. his wife says she forgives the man who killed him. >> our family has suffered a great loss. our family and friends have suffered a great loss, and our hearts are aching. while our hearts are aching for our loss, we're also aching for the loss of the other families as well as the loss and the multiple losses that the afghan people have experienced. >> umanos also trained afghan doctors. he died when an afghan guard
opened fire. the guard apparently tried to take his own life but survived and is being questioned. officials say two of the other victims were father and son. meantime, attorney general eric holder is staying put. the justice department officials saying that the 63-year-old, who was recently hospitalized for an elevated heart rate, plans to stay through the fall midterm elections, but he has made clear that he will step down before the end of president obama's second term. officials say holder plans to see through several key initiatives currently under way, including criminal justice reforms and advancing gay rights. want to buy a home? well, here's a question, is the housing market starting to slow down? the industry newsletter "inside morning finance" says in the first quarter of this year, lending hit its lowest level in more than a decade, as americans decided not to seek out loans for purchases -- or purchases or refinancing. this comes the same week the government reported a double-digit decline in new home sales over the last year. well, the family of a tsa
officer killed at los angeles international airport has filed a $25 million claim against the city. gerardo hernandez was shot 12 times at point blank range. his family says security lapses led to his death, the first ever of a tsa officer in the line of duty to be killed. the city has six months to respond before a lawsuit will be filed. this morning, two middle school students and their bus driver are in critical condition after a dangerous crash on a california road. it happened in anaheim when their bus veered into a tree. good samaritans rushed in to free the students. many of them suffered minor injuries. the cause of that crash is still under investigation. and five major brush fires raging right now across new jersey, including one threatening about 50 homes just north of atlantic city. you see the images there, pretty powerful. i can also tell you that this continental fire is churning through some 300 acres and forcing the evacuation of
hundreds of people. authorities blame low humidity and high winds. we've had very high winds here for spreading the fires. oregon could soon scrap its broken health care exchange and join the federal exchange. the state's website has been so plagued with technical problems that no one, no one has succeeded when trying to enroll online. tens of thousands of people have instead been told they have to apply by paper. now officials say repairs could cost $78 million, much more than making the switch. a decision is expected later today. and it has drawn condemnation from both sides of the aisle, but nevada rancher cliven bundy is standing by his comments that african americans may have been better off during slavery, telling bill weir on "cnn tonight" that he did not mean to offend anyone. i want you to listen to his reaction. >> what i said, i said from my heart. i didn't say it as a racial thing. i felt like that there's a group
of people we're talking about, the black community. you know, my question was, i'm wondering, i'm wondering whether they're that much better off in this situation we're in now with the government overreach and these -- you know, i can see these people suffering, and my heart going out to them is not against them. >> bundy became famous recently for his standoff against the government over his refusal to pay grazing fees for his cattle grazing on public lands. that is something that had endeared him to many conservatives. well, some are now speaking out against him, a lot of whom are distancing themselves from him now because of those comments. we'll cover that more later in the show. >> what do you say there? not much to say except to switch over to weather. let's go to jennifer gray now with a look at weather. i'm sorry. happening now -- my apology, the search, the underwater search for flight 370 is nearly complete. so far, no answers on that, as
correspondent, ivan watson, was with them. look. >> reporter: it's shortly after 1:30 in the morning in beijing, and we're witnessing something that's pretty unusual for this tightly controlled city -- there are hundreds and hundreds of uniformed police, dozens of police vehicles, and they have all deployed around the embassy of malaysia in response to an unusual act of civil disobedience. you have several dozen relatives of chinese passengers of missing malaysian air flight 370 who are holding a silent protest. we can't see it. the police aren't letting us see it. in front of the gates of the malaysian embassy. that protest is vastly outnumbered by the police presence. thursday's drama began with an angry confrontation with representatives of malaysian airlines. relatives of flight 370 passengers demanding an audience
from malaysian embassy officials and requesting details about the investigation into the plane. amid tears and fury, an elderly man collapses. the standoff in a hotel conference room goes on for nearly eight hours, until families suddenly decide to walk out into the night. they push past police on a midnight march to the embassy of malaysia, an unusual late-night procession followed closely by squad cars. what do you concretely want from the malaysian government right now? >> the truth, the thing they're hiding. >> reporter: it's around 2:00 in the morning, and the police have kept us away from the silent protests at the gates of the malaysian embassy in what they describe as the journalist section, this roped-off-piste of sidewalk. the next of kin have clearly been pushed to the limits by
this ordeal. more than 45 days since the plane disappeared and since their loved ones went missing, and this midnight march to the malaysian embassy feels like an act of pure desperation. ivan watson, cnn, beijing. >> our thanks to ivan for that. "early start" continues, all the headlines and everything you need to know, next, straight ahead. female announcer: get three years interest-free financing
95% complete and not a trace of that vanished jetliner has been found. what's next in the strategy? this coming with a new twist, as malaysia's prime minister tells cnn exclusively investigators have no idea where the plane is. we are live in perth with the very latest. also, the crisis in ukraine escalating overnight. ukraine pushing back against pro-russian protesters fighting in the streets turning deadly and the u.s. threatening russia with new sanctions. an explosive situation all around. we are live on the ground there with what is happening right now. president obama closely watching the developments in ukraine. he's set to hold a news conference within the half hour. he just arrived in seoul, south korea, overnight. we are live there with what's expected. and good morning. i'm george howell. welcome back. it is friday. it's a good day. >> it is friday, good day, indeed. i'm poppy harlow. it's 30 minutes after 4:00 a.m. here on the east coast. we begin with missing flight 370. we are hearing from malaysia's
prime minister in an exclusive interview with cnn's richard quest, the prime minister defending his country's investigation of the disappearance of mh-370 and responding to calls for his country to release that preliminary report they have now completed. but it is being kept under wraps. he says it will be made public soon. >> next week we will release the preliminary report that we sent to icao, but the most important information that they want, and sadly, the one that we cannot provide, is where is the plane. >> and this morning those questions of where is the plane, where is any debris from the plane remain unanswered. meantime, an unmanned sub is now on its 13th mission scanning the ocean floor. it is 95% done, going over the search zone. no debris has been found at all.
erin mclaughlin is live in perth for us this morning. erin, you know, 90% done yesterday, 95% done today, but still, there's a real discrepancy on when they are going to say, all right, this bluefin-21 is complete in searching that entire search zone, that it could be days or it could be weeks. >> reporter: that's right, poppy, but malaysian and australian authorities already discussing next steps, what to do next, if they basically in the end rule out this narrowed area, which is essentially their best guess as to where the black box may be. now, i understand the malaysians have proposed a longer-term search agreement that would potentially broaden out the search area. now, what they're doing right now is they're searching about a 6-mile radius around that second ping that was picked up by the towed pinger locator. there were four detections in all. and they're searching there because it was the strongest
signal detected. so, you'd think they might find something, having searched around in that 6-mile radius, but no signs of mh-370 so far. some analysts suggesting, perhaps, they should search in the area of the other three pings that had been detected. perhaps they should search along that arc, the so-called half handshake between the inmarsat satellite and the plane, all things being discussed. malaysian proposing also, perhaps, introducing more powerful underwater submersibles to help in the search, perhaps along the lines of a submersible called the orion, which is capable of going about a mile deeper than the bluefin-21 and staying down weeks on end. the australian defense minister was quoted earlier in the week as saying they were considering more powerful underwater submersibles along the lines of those that discovered the "titanic" and the world war ii wreckage, "the hmas sydney." we expect the agreement within
the week, poppy. >> i think the question that that brings is why weren't those used before, first in this frantic search for flight 370? and are they even on their way to the zone now? >> reporter: well, it's not clear if they're on their way to the zone now. we're still waiting to hear details of this agreement, not clear. authorities we've been talking to saying that the details of the particular agreement will not be publicized, or all of the details. perhaps they will choose to disclose some of them as they begin to discuss the next phase, if this search area has been ruled out. it's important to remember that when the australian vessel "the ocean shield" set sail in the initial stages of this search it was very much a race against time. there was that 30-day expiration date on that black box battery, and they were really trying to get there in time to detect those pings, so that might have been a factor as to why they did not bring with them more powerful, more capable underwater submersibles, poppy. >> but to be clear, they haven't given us any public answer on
that as of yet, correct, why the bluefin-21 was chosen instead of other unmanned devices, et cetera, like you just described, that could be under for weeks? >> reporter: yeah, well, authorities have been asked if they were planning on doing, introducing more underwater submersibles. this was about a week ago. and they were expressing confidence in the bluefin-21. angus houston, the man responsible for coordinating the search effort, saying that he thought that the bluefin-21 was more than capable of completing the task at hand, which at that point was a much more narrow, much more focused search area. >> right. >> reporter: but now that they're ruling that out, the discussion now turning to what they can do next. >> absolutely. appreciate it. thank you, erin. all right, tensions in ukraine this morning are high as ever, with russian troops now holding exercises along the eastern border, as separatists begin to mobilize inside an area that's embroiled in fighting. it's been like that for weeks. the u.s. puts the blame on
russia, and cnn has learned new sanctions could come as early as today against some of vladimir putin's key allies. the administration is making it clear, they want this to stop. >> having failed to halt a legitimate political process, russia has instead chosen an illegitimate course of armed violence to try and achieve with the barrel of a gun and the force of a mob what couldn't be achieved any other way. >> cnn's phil black is live in donetsk, ukraine. phil, what is the situation there on the ground? >> reporter: george, we're seeing dramatic events here recently, largely because of the activities taken by the ukrainian military. up until this point, ukraine's military has been accused of being timid, cowardly, they've been humiliated by having their weapons taken from them, but now for the first time, we've seen them attempt to move directly at positions held by pro-russian forces. we've seen them approach these checkpoints around the town of
slovyansk, which is the core center of the pro-russian movement in this region, using armored personnel carriers and on foot. we've seen them engage, and there's been returned fire, but then, ultimately, having challenged and inspected up close these checkpoints, the ukrainian military has then withdrawn after risking their lives in those actions. the question now is what does all of this mean? is this the start of a bolder effort to try and drive out the pro-russian forces from this region and the areas where they have consolidated, or is this simply more of the same stop-start hesitant security response we've seen from the ukrainian government since the early days of this crisis? no doubt, hanging over the mind of the ukrainian government will be the very strong language coming from moscow, which has condemned this use of the military and has now backed up those words with further military mobilizations under the name of exercises taking place just across the ukrainian border in russian territory, which continues to keep alive this
enduring threat in this crisis that there could still be russian direct military intervention here in eastern ukraine, george. >> phil there was a lot of hope and a lot of optimism about the geneva deal. is that just pretty much in the rearview mirror now? phil black may not hear me there, but phil black reporting for us in donetsk. phil, thank you so much for that report. well, the president is in south korea today on the next leg of his week-long asian trip. he is supposed to be focusing on issues in that region, but you know, russia and ukraine really dominating this trip. michelle kosinski is traveling with the president. michelle, what are we expecting to hear from the president when he speaks in just a few moments? >> reporter: well, we're not sure exactly yet. he may announce something regarding ukraine, although i'm not sure that this is really the forum to do so. the president has really wanted to focus on asia as much as
possible. i mean, these other issues definitely come in, especially when the president takes questions from the press. the worldwide press has been asking about some of these other global issues as well. but this is supposed to be about trade and firming up alliances with asian partners. i think the bigger topic for this region is absolutely north korea and provocative actions or potential provocative actions that we're already seeing at this time. so, already, you know, even before the president landed, he was talking about that, and u.s. officials were saying that, you know, in light of this, this threat that constantly exists, at least for the past several decades for this region, what the president wants to do is talk security, not only with south korea, but also with japan. and they've had trilateral discussions on security. another big topic, sort of a side topic that has come up, and an important one for south korea, is the ferry disaster. and it was significant that today, before the bilateral
meeting with the south korean president, president obama decided to hold a moment of silence among officials there, and that meant much to south korean officials. in fact, some that we met with before this trip really thought it was touching and significant that president obama has been expressing his condolences consistently. in an interview, in fact, that he gave with a south korea paper before his arrival today, he also expresses condolences, and here's some of what he said. "michelle and i sent our deepest condolences to the south korean people, and as parents, we cannot begin to imagine what all those grieving parents are going through having lost their sons and daughters." he presented the south korean president with an american flag as well. and the u.s. has helped in the search for those victims. so, we feel like that may come up in these remarks also. trade has been such a big part of this trip. >> right. >> reporter: he may announce some more progress with south korea and other partners. i know one thing that was interesting in the interview
that he gave with a newspaper was that even though south korea's very amenable to this tpp, the trans-pacific partnership that the president has been pushing so much on this trip, he said, well, before we tackle that, remember, south korea needs to step up more for the bilateral trade partnership that has existed between south korea and the u.s. for the last two years. so, it looks like he's looking for progress on the old trade partnership even before we start to get to this new potential one, poppy. >> it will be interesting to hear what he says. as you can see on what was just on the screen there, we are awaiting a press conference from the president there in seoul, south korea. our michelle kosinski traveling with the president all week in asia. appreciate the reporting. thank you. the death toll is rising in the south korean ferry disaster as investigators try to figure out what went so terribly wrong. there are new clues this morning. we are live next.
indonesia, where a virgin airlines jet landed after a report of an alleged hijacking, but it wasn't a hijacking. virgin officials telling cnn there was no threat on board, just an unruly passenger. the statement reads, "there are incorrect reports that a virgin australia aircraft was hijacked en route to denpasar. this is not correct. the aircraft in question has landed safely and at no point was the safety of our passengers ever in question. there was an unruly passenger on board and authorities are removing him on the ground." well, family anger is growing in south korea this morning, more than a week after that ferry overturned, leaving more than 180 dead, 121 people still missing at this time, many of them children. relatives of the high school students on board surrounded some of the top officials responsible for the rescue operation, shouting, some cursing, even trying to stop some of them from leaving, this
as classmates of the victims return to school for the first time since this accident left so many of their friends dead. we're also finding out that a sister ship to this ferry had its own safety issues. i want to get straight to nic robertson, who is live in south korea. nic, tell me about the families, because you know, it's so -- i was reading about this, and there was one mother who yelled, "how can you fool us into believing you were out there trying to save our children?" these families are beyond frustrated, devastated. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. we were standing there watching last night, and it's an amazing spectacle. i don't think you would see this in many cultures, but here you do. you had a government minister sitting on the ground, the chief of police next to him, the deputy chief of police next to him sitting on the ground, surrounded by family members, bombarding them with questions and with frustrations. the family have been out to sea, they had inspected the recovery-rescue site. they had seen very little
activity by divers. they wanted civilian divers brought back into the operation. they are claiming that the government isn't doing enough. so, incredible frustration. the government minister literally sat there and listened to this for hours and hours and hours, doing his best to answer questions. there's a lot of skepticism about what the government's doing. in the building behind me here, the regional prosecutor's office that's overseeing the investigation, in the building behind me is the first meeting of a government panel of 15 experts, heads of police, top judges, that will oversee this investigation here. and what we have learned from prosecutors in this building today is that a sister ship of the sunken ferry was inspected. 40 of the lifeboats were found not to be working. there was nothing to secure cars on the ship. and also, the equipment that was on board to secure shipping containers, apparently, that wasn't working properly, either. another detail -- this ship, the
sister ship, had also had the same modification, allowing more passengers on board, just as the sunken ferry had. so, all of this of much concern to the families, poppy. >> i appreciate the reporting this morning. thank you, nic. we'll get back to you later for more. >> you can only imagine what the families are dealing with, just sitting in that gymnasium waiting for any information about what's happening out there. >> absolutely. our hearts go out to all of them. new details this morning after americans were attacked and killed at a hospital in afghanistan. the very latest on that right after the break. bulldog: [yawning]
there. he was among three americans killed when a security guard officer opened fire outside of the cure international facility. >> our family has suffered a great loss. our family and friends have suffered a great loss, and our hearts are aching. while our hearts are aching for our loss, we're also aching for the loss of the other families, as well as the loss and the multiple losses that the afghan people have experienced. >> officials say two of the other victims were father and son. an american woman who was shot is being treated. she survived, and you know, so did the gunman. authorities are still questioning the gunman, trying to figure out a motive. what could have sparked this? no departure yet for attorney general eric holder, the nation's top law enforcement officer plans to stay in his job at least through this fall's midterm elections. that according to justice department officials. but the 63-year-old holder has made it very clear he will step
down before the end of president obama's second term. holder was recently hospitalized for an elevated heart rate. he plans to stay through the fall midterm elections. and you know this housing recovery that we have been experiencing? well, there are some indications that it could start losing steam. an industry newsletter called "inside morning finance" says morning lending is now at its lowest level in more than a decade, driven lower by a decline in new home purchases or refinancing, despite all those low rates. this news coming the same week the government reported a double-digit decline in new home sales year over year. but i've got to say something, new home sales are only about 10% of the market. existing home sales are 90% of the market. so, that's what you want to keep an eye on. all right, a major change of course for retired supreme court justice john paul stevens. the 94-year-old says the federal government should legalize marijuana, telling npr there's really not much distinction between marijuana and alcohol. stevens is pushing a new book with ways to fix the
all right, let's get an early look at the weather with jennifer gray. >> i wanted to do that earlier. let's go straight to it. >> most of the showers will push towards the east coast for today. we'll see showers from the great lakes all the way through the carolinas. high pressure will push back in in the mississippi river valley. we'll see sunshine across the northern plains and even the south. and also a couple of showers pushing into the pacific northwest as we go through this afternoon. temperatures warm. 76 in denver, 79 in kansas city, and that warm air filters all the way to the southeast. temperatures almost hitting 70 degrees at washington, d.c., for today. but as we look into the weekend, we'll want to keep our eye on the potential for severe weather, severe storms possible for tomorrow anywhere from the hill country of texas all the way through portions of kansas, nebraska. we'll be watching for that. we're also going to be seeing showers pushing into the
rockies. sunshine for the east coast. that severe threat will march straight across the country as we go through the next couple of days. saturday, right around the texas panhandle all the way through wichita, it will start to move to the east just a bit on sunday, and then by monday it will be pushing into the mississippi river valley, even hitting places like nashville, birmingham. they'll need to be on the lookout this weekend. >> severe weather in texas and oklaho oklahoma, we'll be monitoring that over the weekend. i may be going there. >> chad myers saying this could be a dangerous weekend ahead, as well as jennifer. all right, we want to take you right now to seoul, south korea, where president obama is expected to address the press. i do not see him there yet. we are monitoring this. we will bring it to you as soon as we can, and we'll continue with other news right now, but we will monitor this and bring it to you as soon as we can. "early start" continues right "early start" continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
happening right now, the underwater search for missing malaysian airlines flight 370 is nearly complete, and so far, crews have found no sign of the vanished jetliner. is it time for a new strategy? this as malaysia's prime minister reveals exclusively to cnn wh cnn when investigators will tell the world everything they know about that plane's disappearance. we are live with the latest. and a rising crisis in ukraine. soldiers fighting pro-russian separatists in the streets, battles turning deadly. the united states blaming russia for the uprising and escalating violence, giving the kremlin a major warning. we are live in ukraine with the latest on the ground there. and happening in just moments, president obama is set to speak in seoul, south korea, about ukraine, north korea, and the issues facing that region. we are live in seoul with the latest.